18 July 2018 Watering

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The garden needs watering. There are four barrels which trap roof run off, but if there is insufficient city water is used. Delivery is via hose. When placing plants in the ground the roots are marked with four foot fiber rods. To water say potatoes the hose is placed over the wand and the liquid is directed at the roots for maximum effect. The garden is watered in segments. Tomato plants are watered by hand using a pail. No area watering is practiced, only direct root watering to conserve and for maximum effect. The inter space between rows is mulched to reduce the evaporation effect. Watering is tedious and not done unless absolutely necessary.

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17 July 2018 Vegetables (Beets)

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Beets and edible pod peas were picked for the table.The peas were set aide for another meal. The beets were cut from the plants being careful not to cut the root to prevent bleeding when cooking.When cooked they are cooled under cold water and the skins slid of. The tops were steamed cooked separately.

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14 July 2018 Vegetable Preparation

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The current garden vegetables available at this time are potatoes, edible pod peas and kale. Usually vegetables are steam cooked or baked. The steamer is an insert placed in a pot with water added not touching the contents. A Dutch oven is used for baking. The vein was removed from the kale, since it can be tough. The potatoes cook at 400F for an hour, maybe longer if the potato is large.

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13 July 2018 Ultra Boy Tomato

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The fist tomato of my season was picked. It was ultra boy and the tomato is perfect. Only one but a few others are changing color. The flavor after being subjected to hot house types is divine.

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13 July 2018 Yukon Gold Potato

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Two Yukon Gold plants were dug for the table. Weight of both was 2056 grams It has been dry so I have been watering.

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10 July 2018 Black Currants (Ribes nigrum)

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My second black currant bush was harvested for a weight of 2101 grams of berries. They were cleaned and will be used for milk shakes.The two bushes produced 2765 grams of fruit, approximately six pounds.

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10 July 2018 Orient Legend F1 Radish (Raphanus sativus)

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Planted a row of Chinese Radish for a Fall crop.The seeds were placed under under boards to keep cool until germination.

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The radish seeds germinated in four days using the board method. There is a 24 foot row.

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9 July 2018 Yukon Gold Potato

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One Yukon Gold Potato was harvested for supper. Excellent quality. Family loves eating them. 1248 grams.

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9 July 2018 Okra

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Okra require hot conditions being a tropical African plant and some years in Zone 5 don’t produce well. There are four plants and this is the first pods this year. The pods must be picked when about the size shown or they get fibrous and tough. I fry them cut into slices and add soy sauce or eat the odd one raw. The bushes get about three or four feet tall and bushy in a good year and produce many pods.

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8 July 2018 Yukon Gold Potatoes

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One Yukon Gold potato plant was harvested producing 883 grams of new tubers. This is long before maturity and is for the table during the season.The potatoes are excellent quality.

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